Tuesday marks the beginning of Derrick Rose’s rape trial, but the point guard isn’t going to attend the trial opening in Los Angeles. Instead, he is with his teammates in Houston, and will play in the preseason opener against the Rockets.
Rose is here and playing tonight for Knicks.— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) October 4, 2016
Rose said he will likely fly to LA tomorrow.— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) October 4, 2016
Before leaving New York, head coach Jeff Hornacek told the media he expected the point guard to play, according to Marc Berman: “He’s going with us, playing the game and whatever happens after that we’ll see. For now that’s the plan.’’
The Post’s Julia Marsh, who is heading to L.A. to cover the trial, was informed by the judge that Rose will not be forced to miss time.
Judge in #DoevRose in phone conference today: "I'm not going to force him to miss a game," to testify.— Julia Marsh (@juliakmarsh) October 3, 2016
This case can still be settled at any time, per sports lawyer Dan Werly:
Settlement talks frequently go down to the wire... https://t.co/A6YoNE64IF— Dan Werly (@WerlySportsLaw) October 3, 2016
Whether or not a settlement happens in the next few hours, Derrick Rose will be in the starting lineup Tuesday evening.
In other news, starting center Joakim Noah is listed as questionable after sitting out Monday’s practice with a hamstring injury.